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Dr. Randall J. Webb, 1965, 1966 

President, Northwestern State University 

Dear Alumni, 

There are a number of events held at Northwestern each year that 
I look forward to. One of those eagerly awaited events is Homecoming. 
I enjoy the opportunity to meet and visit with alumni from across the country, some of whom 
are returning to the campus for the first time in many years. Those who have not visited in 
a while are pleased to see the effort that goes into maintaining our beautiful campus and 
making it a better place for our students, faculty and staff. 

Homecoming is also an excellent opportunity to honor alumni, faculty and friends of the 
university. We are proud of our alumni who have gone on to make a difference in the lives 
of others and improve the communities in which they live. Our faculty do an outstanding job 
of teaching students and helping prepare them for future careers. Many people who did not 
attend Northwestern come into contact with the university and find out what a special place 
it is and want to help us move forward. During Homecoming, we take time to tell people who 
have helped us how important they are to us. 

The fall semester has been a very productive one for Northwestern. The university 
recently received high marks for the work we do in preparing teachers for the classroom. 
Completers of our programs were ranked as highly effective in adding value to the public 
schools in which they teach. 

The university is creating more opportunities for our students who want to study out- 
side the United States and learn about other cultures. The College of Education has start- 
ed an exchange program with the Chungnam Province of South Korea. NSU students will 
be able to travel to South Korea to teach English in their schools and Korean students will 
come to Louisiana to teach. 

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is developing an exchange pro- 
gram with two universities in Canada, two in Mexico and the State University of New York at 
Cobleskill. The grant, "Building Bridges Through Culture, Cuisine, Agriculture and Tourism," 
will provide unique learning experiences for some of our students and introduce other stu- 
dents to our institutions. 

Thank you again for all you do for Northwestern. I wish you and your family a happy 
holiday season. 

Kevin McCotter, 

Director of Alumni and Development 

Greetings from the Office of Alumni and Development! 

It is a great honor and challenge for me to assume respon- 
sibility for the Office of Alumni and Development at Northwestern. 
We have a terrific staff and serve a great alumni base. It is truly a pleasure to be affili- 
ated with our students, faculty and administrators. 

For decades, Northwestern has contributed to the vitality of Louisiana and our 
nation. My vision is for you to value your association with Northwestern and to take 
pride in these contributions and your own personal accomplishments, influenced by 

In the Office of Alumni and Development, our commitment is to excellence in 
everything we do. You are a part of the past, as well as the present, of Northwestern 
and we are excited about continuing a mutually rewarding relationship with you in the 
future. I look forward to seeing you soon and invite you to call on me for assistance in 
any manner. Go Demons! 

Alumni Columns 

Official Publication of 

Northwestern State University 

Natchitoches. Louisiana 

Organized in 1884 

A member of CASE 

Volume XVII Number 4 Winter 2007 

The Alumni Columns (USPS 015480) is published 4 

times a year by Northwestern State University, 

Natchitoches. Louisiana. 71497-0002 

Periodicals Postage Paid at Natchitoches. La.. 

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President Jerry Brungart. 

Natchitoches, 1969, 1971 

Vice President Joseph B. Stamey. 

Natchitoches. 1983 

Secretary-Treasurer Dr. Lisa Mathews. 

Benton. 1992 
Executive Director Kevin McCotter 


Jerry Brungart Natchitoches. 1969. 1971 

Tommy Chester Arcadia. 1969 

Leonard Endris Shreveport. 1974. 1975 

Adrian Howard Arlington. Texas, 1989 

Patricia Wiggins Hrapmann Destrehan. 1973. 1978 

Gail Jones Natchez. 1981. 1998 

Matt Koury Leesville. 1995 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958 

Carroll Long Tyler, Texas. 1970 

Dr. Lisa Mathews Benton, 1992 

David Morgan Austin. Texas. 1973 

Kip Patrick Shreveport. 1995 

Joseph B. Stamey Natchitoches. 1983 

Glenn Talbert Shreveport. 1964 

Ricky Walmsley Covington, 1985 

J. Michael W'ilburn Shreveport. 1975 

Jimmy Williams . .* Alexandria. 1993 

Dr. Leonard A. Williams New Orleans. 1993 


Shayne Creppel Natchitoches 

SGA President 

The Alumni Columns is published in 

spring, summer, fall and winter. 


Kevin McCotter 


Leah Pilcher Jackson. 1994 


David West 

Doug Ireland. 1986 


Gary Hardamon 


Beth McPherson Mann, 1975 

NSU Press Publications Office 

Northwestern State University is accredited by the Com- 
mission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges 
and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033- 
4097: Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Associ- 
ate, Baccalaureate, Master's, Specialist and Doctorate 

Cover: Members of the Northwestern's recruiting team are, front row from left, Carolyn Gatti (2005, 2007), 
Jamila Maxie (2000), Jana Lucky (1988, 1992), Melanie McBride (2001), Becky Stephens, Nikki Ceasar 
(2007), Linda Walker and Ashlee Hewitt (2001 ). On the back row are Michael Puissegur (2007), Stephanie 
Lawrence (2006), Catherine Caldwell (2005), Ellen Dutsch (2003) and Steven Wood (2006). 

It is the policy of Northwestern State University of 
Louisiana not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, 
religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educa- 
tional programs, activities or employment practices. 

Almuni News 

Attracting the 

Best and Brightest 

Alumni play important role in recruiting students 

n today's highly competitive 
climate, Northwestern s 

recruiting plan is focused on 
personalized attention. Using 
alumni to attract promising 
students is a focus of the uni- 
versity's recruiting model. 

"Our alumni are our best recruiters. Alumni 
are particularly effective in helping with recruit- 
ing receptions. Ours are not just held in a hotel 
lobby. They are almost always hosted by an 
alumnus in their home, so the focus is on the 
experience that alumnus had at Northwestern." 

— Jana Lucky (1992. 2001 ), director of University Recruiting 

Eighty-five to 90 percent of the stu- 
dents who attend one of the approximate- 
ly 15 recruiting receptions held around 
the state choose to enroll at Northwest- 
ern. The receptions take place throughout 
Louisiana and in 2008 will include a Dal- 
las-area event. 

"Those receptions are attention-get- 
ting because they take place during the 
decision months, February and March," 
Lucky said. 

Dr. Roy Divittorio (1993) and his 
wife Kim hosted a recruiting reception in 
their Covington home. 

"I enjoyed talking to the prospective 
students and telling them about the NSU 
experience. My college years were some 
of the best times of my life. Talking with 
the students and their parents was an 
opportunity to reflect on my experiences 
and answer questions." Divittorio said. 
"The students and their parents appreciat- 
ed the personal interaction with the NSU 
staff and alumni. I hoped the event would 
target high achieving students from this 
area to showcase NSU." 

Northwestern 's recruiters cover spe- 
cific zones in Louisiana and each attend 
40 to 50 college fairs a year. 320 to 400 as 
a staff, where they gather information 
from students interested in the university 
and add them to a database. The prospec- 
tive students receive calendars of events. 

view books, applications, reminders and 
invitations to special events. After the 
fairs, the recruiters arrange visits to 
schools and interact with prospective stu- 
dents through guidance counselors to 
present information about academics, stu- 
dent involvement, and applications for 
and housing. 

"We go to 
every school in 
the state and as 
many as possi- 
ble in east 
Texas." Lucky 

Any event 
that draws a 
high school 
student to campus, such as camps, work- 
shops, athletic events or academic com- 
petitions, is a recruiting opportunity. 

"We work with every area of the uni- 
versity." Lucky said. "If someone in an 
academic department is hosting some- 
thing that is bringing prospective students 
to campus, we want to know about it so 
we can be there to get their information." 
Students who participated in this past 
summer's Boys and Girls State program 
at Northwestern will be tracked to deter- 
mine that program's effect on enrollment. 
The feedback from Boys and Girls state 
has been very positive. Lucky said. 

Because it would be impossible for 
the recruiters to attend every college fair 
in east Texas. Lucky and her staff created 
the Alumni in Marketing (AIM) program, 
in which alumni represent the university 
at fairs by setting up an information table, 
having students complete inquiry cards 
and answer questions. 

Michael Cox (1997) has worked 
events in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for 
the past five years at Duncanville High 
School. Waxahachie High School. Irving 
ISD. Cleburn High School and Rio Vista, 
where he is currently director of bands. 

"I received a lot of positive respons- 
es, and was surprised to see that NSU is 
recognized a lot in the DFW area." he 
said. "I have also run into several NSU 

alumni at each event as well. Most of 
the time students ask about programs. 
cost of attendance, and scholarships. 
Occasionally they will ask about classes." 

A native of Longview. Texas, Cox 
first became aware of NSU while watch- 
ing a Spirit of Northwestern marching 
band performance at a marching contest. 
He later attended a summer music camp. 
After attending a Texas junior college for 
two years, he selected Northwestern over 
a Texas university because he and his 
family were made to feel welcome when 
they visited the campus. 

"The university did a lot for me and 
for that I will always be grateful. That is 
why I jumped at the chance to help with 
the recruiting efforts." he said. 

"When talking to prospective stu- 
dents. I tell them that the university is 
uniquely able to give you the education of 
a large university without feeling like 
one." he said. "Students know their pro- 
fessors in their major subject areas, and 
can come to them for assistance or just 
extra tutoring. The campus is beautiful 
and gets more so thanks to all of the 
improvements being made. Cost of 
attendance is outstanding especially 
when compared to Texas schools." 

Megan Sandlin Bostick (2005). a 
former NSU recruiter has also been work- 
ing events in the Dallas area since last 

"I was already very familiar with the 
AIM program and I know how important 
it is to have our alumni help with the 
recruiting process." she said. "I plan on 
doing as much as I can to help. So far I 
have done the college programs at the 
high schools where I set up a table with 
over 100 other universities, and the stu- 
dent browse." 

Bostick said she gets good response 
even though she is often competing for 
attention with bigger universities. 

"A lot of them were very impressed 
when they heard about everything that 
NSU has to offer and when they also 
found out that it is really only about four 
hours from their home." she said. The 
prospective students typically seek infor- 

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Best and Brightest 

mation about the city, academ- 
ic programs, athletic pro- 
grams, student/teacher ratio, 
housing and scholarships 
while parents are most inter- 
ested in admissions criteria, 
campus organizations, safety 
and financial aid. 

Anyone interested in 
helping with a college fair can 
contact Ellen Dutsch (2003), 
AIM coordinator. 

store, tailgating and special 
seating at a football game. 

Technology has made it 
much easier to keep the 
prospective students informed. 
This year, a Facebook group 
for high school students was 

"We add something dif- 
ferent every year and send out 
mass e-mails to remind 
prospective students of things 
with links to 

''Alumni can also refer students directly to 
the recruiting office. That is a huge 
recruiting tool and we want to continue 
that. The students who are referred get 
top priority. The alumni are great about 
sending us names and those prospective 
students get very special treatment." 

— Jana Lucky 

Events like Senior Day 
draw prospective students and 
their families to campus. Last 
year, the recruiters hosted 440 
prospective students with their 
families, totaling more than 
1,000 guests for that one 
event. Senior Day includes a 
guest speaker, academic 
browse, organizational browse, 
lunch, tours of campus and of 
the city, a visit to the book- 

the website," 
Lucky said. 
"We remind 
them about 
deadlines. We 
sent out an e- 
mail on how 
to download 
the fight song 
and are work- 
ing on a virtual tour of campus 
in which students click on a 
map to see pictures of residen- 
tial facilities and other build- 
ings like the WRAC." 

The office also uses a 
pivot table database to sort 
students into various demo- 
graphics, such as city, school, 
gender or area of interest, so 
the prospective students can 
receive personalized e-mails 

about topics of specific inter- 
est to them. They are also cre- 
ating a parent database to 
communicate with parents 
about deadlines. 

Director of Enrollment 
Services Dr. Mary Edith Stacy 
(1991, 1996) oversees recruit- 
ing, admissions and financial 
aid, three critical areas for 
incoming students. Her staff 
connects prospective students 
to the academic side of col- 
lege life by making sure each 
applicant complies with 
admissions criteria and meets 
enrollment standards. Each 
year, Stacy sets realistic budg- 
et projections and goals for 
recruiters, and informs high 
schools about changes in 
admissions policies and stan- 

"If you look at it in a 
business sense, the buying 
patterns of college students 
have not changed," she said. 
"We examine why students 
leave and project trends based 
on behavior patterns." 

Fall 2007 enrollment 
exceeded Stacy's projections 
by only about a dozen stu- 

In addition to traditional 
first-time college freshmen, a 

large focus of recruiting is on 
transfer students, particularly 
from community colleges, and 
adult learning populations. 

"Those students get a 
very personalized experiences 
with recruiting, and many of 
them are referred by alumni," 
Lucky said. "Alumni often 
encourage non-traditional stu- 
dents to go back to college, to 
finish their degrees. That part 
of recruiting is very special- 
ized and very personal." 

"We focus on relation- 
ships and being a personal 
attention university. 

The message is that North- 
western is large enough to 
service you and small enough 
to know you." 

To refer a student, call 
University Recruiting 
at (318) 357-4503 
or (800) 327-1903, or 
e-mail . 

To learn more about the 
AIM program, contact 
Ellen Dutsch at (318) 
357-4613 or e-mail her at 

Last August, University officials and oth- 
ers took part in the groundbreaking for 
the second phase of new campus housing 
on the old site of Rapides Hall. A new 
$17.7 million residence hall, University 
Place II, will be built on the site and 
should be ready for the fall 2008 semes- 
ter. Attending the ceremony were, from 
left, NSU Vice President for External 

Affairs Jerry Pierce, State Rep. Taylor Townsend, John Chachere and Jim Short of Campus Living Villages, Mike Gray of 
Spring Valley Construction, Northwestern President Dr. Randall J. Webb, Northwestern Student Government Association 
President Shayne Creppel, Pat Johnson of Regional Construction Company, NSU Director of Enrollment Services Dr. Mary 
Edith Stacy, Clerk of the Works George Minturn, NSU Dean of Students and Assistant Provost for Student Success Dr. Chris 
Maggio, NSU Director of Auxiliary Services Jennifer Kelly, financial consultant Toby Cortez of Sisung Securities, North- 
western Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Thomas Hanson, Troy Bayham of Campus Living Villages, 
Northwestern Vice President for Business Affairs Carl Jones, NSU Executive Assistant to the President Robert Crew, Jimmy Long, 
chairman of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, former Northwestern Vice President for Stu- 
dent Affairs Dr. Dan Seymour and NSU Facilities Coordinator Billy Barton. 

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My fellow alumni: 

"t is hard to believe 
that this is my 20th 
.year to work at 
Chris MaggiO Northwestern State Uni- 
versity. For the last 
eight years, I've had the honor serving 
you as Director of Alumni. I vividly 
remember when I began in the Alum- 
ni Office saying to myself, "if I can 
only do half as good a job as my pred- 
ecessors, then I know I will have suc- 
ceeded." My immediate predecessor, 
Dr. Steve Horton, did a tremendous 
job with organizing and structuring 
the office, and who can forget long- 
time Director Elise James, and her 
colorful personality and unwavering 

I now turn the page, and it is with 

optimism that 1 have accepted a new 
role at Northwestern, Dean of Stu- 
dents and Assistant Provost for Stu- 
dent Success. My initial thoughts are 
to remember some the deans that held 
this position at NSU: Leonard 
Nichols, Dudley Fulton, Fred 
Bosarge, Fred Fulton, Dan Seymour. 
and Lucile Hendricks just to name a 
few, and a special thanks to my prede- 
cessor, Dr. Patrice Moulton. I look 
forward to emulating their successes 
in working hand-in-hand with the stu- 
dents on a daily basis. 

I would also like to take this 
opportunity to introduce you to our 
new Director of Alumni and Develop- 
ment. Mr. Kevin McCotter. 

I hope that you will get to know 
Kevin and offer him the same encour- 
agement that you have to me. I know 
that he will sustain and exceed the 
success we are enjoying. The best 
years are ahead for our school. 

It has been a privilege to know 
and work with you. Thank you for 
your friendship, your generosity and 
your continued support of me and of 
Northwestern State University. 

McCotter named Director of 
Alumni and Development 

Kevin McCotter has been named acting director of the Office of Alumni 
and Development at Northwestern State University. The Office of Alumni and 
Development works to promote the educational and cultural welfare of North- 
western State University through student scholarships, research activities and 

other benefits for the University, its faculty and students. 

McCotter brings an extensive pro- 
fessional and civic background to the 
position. He began working for Bell- 
South in 1972 and served the company 
in various capacities throughout 
Louisiana during a 34-year career. He 
retired from BellSouth in 2006 as 
regional director of north and western 

McCotter is an active member of 
the community having served in various 
organizations. He is the president of 
Campus Facilities, Inc., which devel- 
oped and built the new $55 million 
campus for Bossier Parish Community 
College. He is the vice president of the 
Military Affairs Council, and was 

responsible for the 2007 Barksdale Air Show and Celebrate Barksdale event. 
McCotter has been a member of the NSU Foundation Board and also served in 
leadership positions on the boards of numerous civic and statewide organiza- 
tions. He has participated in many educational ventures including serving as a 
board member, vice chairman and chairman of the Louisiana Community and 
Technical College System Board of Supervisors. 

*'I am delighted and honored to be in this position," said McCotter. "North- 
western is a great institution with a rich history and a tremendous number of 
assets that should allow us to continue developing the programs of the NSU 
Foundation and the Alumni Association." 

McCotter plans to have the Alumni Association and Foundation work close- 
ly with the university's academic departments to gain external support from 
alumni and friends of the university. He also intends to increase Northwestern 's 
involvement in economic development in the region and the state. 

"Northwestern is in the knowledge business," he said. "It is tremendously 
satisfying to represent the university in its philanthropic relationships with our 
stakeholders. Northwestern helps prepare people for productive lives and con- 
tributes to a thriving economy." 

NSU is wrapping up its first capital campaign, exceeding its goal of $18.84 
million by more than $13 million and McCotter plans to build on that momen- 
tum along with the increased awareness among Northwestern supporters about 
the positive impact of private giving. 

"I want to be able to increase the number of endowed scholarships and pro- 
fessorships and grow the endowment," he said. "We want to increase our entre- 
preneurship in designing planned giving opportunities that create a win/win sit- 
uation for those who support the university." 

A West Virginia native, McCotter grew up in Shreveport. He received an 
MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.  

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Four distinguished alumni inducted 

Four Northwestern State Univer- 
sity graduates were selected as 
the 2007 inductees into the 
Alumni Hall of Distinction, the Long 
Purple Line. The honorees are, 
Bryant Lewis of Haynesville, John A. 
Manno, Jr., of Bossier City, Maj. 
Gen. (ret.) Charles W. "Chuck" 
Thomas of Alexandria, Va., and 
David Wright of Natchitoches. 

Lewis owns and operates Mag- 
nolia Pulpwood Company along with 
timberland holdings. He has been 
active in a number of local profes- 
sional, civic and religious organiza- 
tions including the Claiborne Parish 
and Columbia County Chamber of 
Commerce, the Haynesville Lions 
Club and the Haynesville United 
Methodist Church. 

"I always felt at home at North- 
western," said Lewis. "I was able to 
make a number of lifelong friends 
while I was in college. I was also for- 
tunate to have a number of outstand- 
ing faculty such as Mr. Kenneth Durr, 
Mr. Robert Easley and more. So 

many of them were so knowledgable. 
They really prepared you for the 
world after college." 

Manno is vice president and co- 
owner of Southland Printing Co. in 
Shreveport. He is a board member 
for the Volunteers of America and the 
American Red Cross Northwest 
Louisiana Chapter. Manno has also 
been a member of the board and past 
president of the Sales and Marketing 
Executives of Shreveport/Bossier, a 
member of the Krewe of Gemini and 
on the board of directors of the 
Strand Theatre and the University 
Club. He has also been active in Holy 
Trinity and St. Pius X Catholic 

"One of the things I have set out 
to do is try to make a positive differ- 
ence in my community and in the 
world," he said. "I promised myself 
that I would do that once I had the 
financial ability to do so." 

A native of Natchitoches, 
Thomas earned a bachelor's and 
master's degree at Northwestern. He 

was commissioned in the U.S. Army 
as a second lieutenant in 1969 and 
retired from active duty in 2001 after 
32 years of service as a major gener- 

After retiring from active duty, 
he became vice president of Army 
and Marine Corps programs for BAE 
Systems. His father, Dr. Charles F. 
Thomas, is also a member of the 
Long Purple Line, making them the 
first father/son combination to gain 
this recognition. 

"To put it mildly I was pleased 
and surprised. I'm a great fan of my 
father, Dr. Charles F. "Red" Thomas, 
and am truly honored to join him in 
the Long Purple Line," said Gen. 
Thomas. "Frankly, I'm humbled to 
be there not only with him, but also 
with the marvelous list of truly won- 
derful graduates of Northwestern." 

Wright is regional sales manager 
for Fortune 500 company Forest 
Pharmaceuticals. He has been with 
the company for 17 years and has 
been a member of the President's 

Lloyd Ponder (1949) of 

Natchitoches was honored as the 
first recipient of the The Norman 
Taylor Dowty Patriotism Award at 
Northwestern State University's 
Homecoming banquet. The award 
will be presented to an alumnus for 
heroism, patriotism and distin- 
guished service to our country. The 
award committee will meet annual- 
ly to consider prospective hon- 
orees but will present the award 
only in years when it is determined 
by the committee that there is an 
especially worthy and deserving 
individual to be honored with this 
special award. Attending the pres- 
entation were (from left) Amy Lore, 
who is Dowty's daughter, Lloyd Ponder, his wife Joyce Ponder and Northwestern President Dr. Randall J. Webb. 
Lloyd Ponder was in the Army Air Corps and fought at Battan and Corregidor in World War II. He spent more than 
three years in a Japanese POW camp before being released. Lloyd Ponder later earned a bachelor's and master's 
degree at Northwestern and had a successful career as an educator in vocational-technical schools. 

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into NSU's Long Purple Line 

Four Northwestern State University graduates were inducted into the Alumni Hall of Distinction, the Long Pur- 
ple Line, as part of Homecoming activities. This year's honorees were (from left) Maj. Gen. (ret.) Charles W. 
"Chuck" Thomas of Alexandria, Va., David Wright of Natchitoches, Bryant Lewis of Haynesville and John A. 
Manno, Jr. of Bossier City. They are shown with NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb. 

Club. Wright manages nine district 
managers, 140 sales representatives 
and 10 specialty sales representatives 
responsible for generating $50 mil- 

he was a sales representative and 
regional sales manager for UAD Lab- 
oratories. Inc. 

A standout football player at 

induction into the Graduate "N" Club 
Hall of Fame. Wright was a football 
coach at St. Mary's High School and 
Claiborne Academy before beginning 

lion in sales. From 1985 until 1990. Northwestern, he was chosen for his career in pharmaceutical sales. 

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Alumni Gatherings 

Homecoming 2007 





2007 inductees into the College of Education Hall of Dis- 
tinguished Educators were, from left, Dr. Maurice E. Den- 
nis, Jean McGlothlin Doerge, Bob McLemore, Ann V. 
Dauzat and Leonard Wayne Hennigan 

Seven men were enshrined in the Graduate N Club Hall of 
Fame, the highest athletic honor issued by Northwestern 
State University. Pictured after their introduction at the 
homecoming football game were football and track star 
Ted Simon, national championship gymnastics coaches 
Armando Vega and Fred Martinez, along with Maureen 
Floyd, mother of football standout Bill Johnson; Joe Ray- 
mond Peace, Johnson's position coach from 1975-78, 
and football stars Kevin Lewis and Keith Hodnett. Not pic- 
tured is gymnastics coach Jeff Hennessy. 

Sherry Fargerson Morgan, Monty Chicola and Kenneth 
Moran were among the 2007 inductees into the NSU Col- 
lege of Business Hall of Distinction. From left are Dr. Jerry L. 
Wall, dean of the college; Fargerson, Chicola and Moran. Not 
shown are inductees Jim Bridges and Juanita Coutee. 

Northwestern State University President Dr. Randall J. 
Webb honored the 2007 recipients of the Excellence in 
Teaching Award at the annual Homecoming banquet. This 
year's recipients were, from left, Dr. Rondo Keele, 
Louisiana Scholars' College; Connie Melder, College of 
Education; Webb; Dr. Susan Barnett, College of Liberal 
Arts; Dr. Rick Tarver, College of Business; and Dr. Frank 
Serio, College of Science and Technology. Also receiving 
the award was Debra Shelton, College of Nursing. 

The first ever NSU Gymnastics Team Reunion took place this year during Homecoming festivities. Gymnasts from 1950- 
1970 were invited to reunite and celebrate with former team members. In attendance for the reunion were 30 former gym- 
nasts accompanied by 50 guests. The reunion reception offered recognition to some of NSU's most accomplished athletes. 

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New York City 

Attending the alumni gathering at Jacques-lmo's in New 
York on Sept. 29 were Henry Manns (1961), Michael 
Chance (1973), Himanshu Singh (1998) and Dr. Jack 
Wann, NSU professor emeritus of theatre. 

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Getting acquainted were Denise Patrick (1977), Kathy 
Merten (2000), Dan Houlihan, Paula Miniotis and George 

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Farm gathered at Los Potrillos in 

Bloomington, III., on Aug. 10. 

Chicago-area alumni gathered Aug. 11, at O'Donovan's Pub & Restaurant: From 
left are Chris Maggio (1985, 1991), Patricia Fee, Kelvin Fee (1982), Drake 
Owens (2004, 2005), William Broussard (2000), Kim Bayma (2006), Elaine 
Marx and Michael Marx (1965). 

Homecoming Golf Tournament 

The first place team in the Alumni Golf 
Tournament held Oct. 26 included, from 
left, Victor Jones, Jay Bankston, Stuart 
Wright (1977) and Francis Deloney. 

The team of Loye Wilson, Sidney Williams 
(1986), Pete Cramer and Ric Ellis (1986) 
won third place in the golf tournament. 

Ken Rams, Justin Mann, Jarrod Cox (1997) 
and Hall Adams (1997) earned second place 
in the Oct. 26 Homecoming golf tournament. 

Jack Brittain (1979), in 
front, Ken Meeks (1977), 
Tammy Trichell and Jeff Dal- 
ton joined the fun in the 
Alumni Golf Tournament. 


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9b? Marguerite Hudson (1949, 1973) presented a copy 
of her first book, a historical novel entitled "Whiskey 
Chitto Women," to Fleming Thomas, director of Libraries 
at NSU. The novel is based on family stories about Hud- 
son's great-grandparents, Ellen and Aaron Johnson, and 
their experiences 
during the Civil 


Hudson noted 

she was making the 
presentation in 
honor of her for- 
mer student, Dr. 
Randall J. Webb, 
NSU president, 
and in memory of 
his father, Joe 
Webb, who was her 
professor at North- 

The book was 
selected as the 

Book of the Year by the Southwest Louisiana Technical 
College system. Hudson was recognized at a banquet in 
Lake Charles in October. 

Hudson is a retired English teacher. She resides in 
Benton with her husband Billy (1948). More information 
is available at her website 

w Cindy McAbee Chapman (1988) is doing on-camera 
work for a new concept show called KARE onLIVE for KARE 
1 1 TV in Minneapolis, Minn., the first and only show of its kind 
in the country for a local news market. Chapman stepped down 
from producing the 10 p.m. newscast and is now the live on-line 
chat person daily at 4 p.m. on the station and appears during the 
show reading comments from the audience. 

"We are on TV and the internet so you can watch us on the 
air or on-line. Our show is then streamed for 24 hours so peo- 
ple can watch any time of day," Chapman said. "The coolest 
part of the show is that we take live chat during the show. That's 
where I come in. I monitor the chat and then talk about it on the 
air." The link is 

© David L. Bedard (1968, 1972) has published a new Viet- 
nam War memoir, "I Remember Quan Loi: Annus Horribilis 
(The Horrible Year)." In his book, Bedard calls Vietnam "the 
Baby Boomers' Iraq" and writes of the horrors and loneliness he 
faced as a young Army soldier stationed in Quan Loi, an isolat- 
ed hilltop outpost in the jungles of Vietnam. 

Bedard was an All-American gymnast who had lived in 
Texas and graduated college before enlisting in the Army. 

"The Vietnam War had made an impression on my body and 
soul that would last a lifetime," Bedard wrote. "The war was a 
life-changing experience for me." 

Bedard's autobiography also recounts his return to the Unit- 
ed States after Vietnam and tells of the frustrating way veterans 
of that war were treated. His book also reveals how Bedard real- 
ized he could not fit back into the life he knew in America before 
the war and recounts how he eventually came to grips with the 
man he had become. 

It took Dr. Bedard, a Professor Emeritus of Centenary Col- 
lege, decades to write about his experiences in Vietnam. 

For further information on the book, contact Mitchell Usch- 
er at Lllumina Press, at 

t2P Winnie Dowden Wyatt (1953) has penned her third novel, 
"The Peeled Ones Have Come," which describes events during 
an American family's three-year stay in Nigeria. Wyatt served as 
a missionary in Nigeria, West Africa, where she worked with 
children's literature and has published several stories and arti- 
cles from that era. Her first two novels were "The Little Dry," 

set in Africa, and "Thee Glass Windows," set in rural America. 
Wyatt and her husband live on a small Angus ranch in Glen 

Rose, Texas, and are the parents of four grown sons. Informa- 
tion about Wyatt's book can be found e-mailing 

tS? Jeff Harris (1985), a graduate in Electronic Engineering 
Technology has been promoted to director of corporate telecom- 
munication managing employees in 27 states. Harris has been 
employed since graduation with Texas Gas Transmission in 

*£? Gary Fields (1982, 1984) was presented with the second 
annual North Star News Prize on Nov. 17, 2007, in New York 
City. The North Star News Prize recognizes people of color who 
have made outstanding contributions to journalism, media and 
communications. The name comes from the anti-slavery news- 
paper, the North Star, founded by Frederick Douglass in 1847. 
The News Prize acknowledges outstanding journalism and 
media professionals who have taken Douglass' words to heart: 

"In order for justice to be done, we must not be silent." 

Fields is a member of the Long Purple Line and currently 

works for the Wall Street Journal. 


C^ Alumnus Jeff Hennessy (1951, 1958) was incorrectly iden- 
tified in the Fall edition of Alumni Columns. Hennessy is a 
noted athlete and trampoline coach, who is a member of the 
N Club. He is a Lafayette resident. 

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Jones named University Affairs VP 

Marcus Jones has been named vice president for Universi- 
ty Affairs at NSU. Jones will be responsible for the oversight of 
construction projects, maintenance, custodial and general 
upkeep of all university facilities and grounds. 

Jones brings an extensive academic, business and legal 
background to the position. Jones is a graduate of Northwestern 
with a bachelor's degree in business administration and finance, 
a master's in international trade and finance from Grambling 
State University and a law degree from Southern University 
Law Center where he was managing editor of the Southern Law 
Review. He also studied international business and finance at 
the University of Plymouth in Plymouth, England. 

Jones has been a member of Northwestern 's faculty from 
1994 to 1996 as an instructor of business and from 1999 to the 
present. He was an assistant professor of business law and inter- 
national business from 1999 until 2005 when he was promoted 
to associate professor. While on the faculty, he has taught cours- 
es in microeconomics, macroeconomics, computer information 

systems, Microsoft Office, busi- 
ness law, international business, 
public school law and personal 

Since 1999, Jones has 
maintained a private law prac- 
tice. He has also been treasurer 
and consultant of the Northwest 

Louisiana Athletic League and has served in several capacities 
including co-editor of "Callaloo," a literary magazine based at 
Texas A&M. 

Jones has also been treasurer and a consultant to the Ben D. 
Johnson Educational Foundation and finance/accounts manager 
and consultant for the Ben D. Johnson Construction and Finance 
Co. In his role with the construction and finance company, Jones 
supervised subcontractors at construction sites, managed the 
company's operating budget, provided financial oversight and 
worked in economic development. 

100 Years of Football 

Members of the Top 100 are introduced at halftime of the Henderson State game on Sept. 1. 

Family establishes David and Sam Gallien Athletic Scholarship 

From the 1890s through today. Northwestern State Univer- 
sity has played a vital part in the Gallien family tradition. Their 
love for NSU, and support for NSU Athletics, has led to the 
establishment of The David and Sam Gallien Athletic Scholar- 

The Gallien brothers were Northwestern alumni and avid 
supporters of the NSU athletic program who would thoroughly 
enjoy watching one of their family members, Lyndzee Greene, 
playing today for the Lady Demons basketball team. She is a 
sophomore guard who led the team with 31 3-point baskets last 

The Gallien Scholarship was initiated with a donation of 
$2,500 from Mike and Andrea Gallien, Houston residents who 
are longstanding Select 100 NSU Athletic Association donors. 
They have committed to fully funding the scholarship through 

Family members gathered to celebrate the creation of The 
David and Sam Gallien Athletic Scholarship were Thomas 
Chester, Cindy Chester, Christina Chester, Tommy Chester, 
Mike Gallien, along with Mackenzie Greene and current 
Lady Demon basketball player Lyndzee Greene, and their 
mother, Linda Gallien Greene. 

personal contributions, along with donations from other family 
members and friends. 

Continued on page 10 


Alumni Columns Winter 2007 / 9 

Campus News 

NSU student athletes excel 
in the classroom 

Northwestern State again ranks high in an NCAA survey 
assessing the academic performance by its student-athletes, 
with a strong showing throughout the athletics program in the 
NCAA Graduation Success Rate report issued in October. 

The NCAA's report "graded" all teams at Division I institu- 
tions by tracking the percentage of their student-athletes who 
graduated. This year's data tracks student-athletes entering 
school from 1997-2000 by sport. 

The graduation success rate (GSR) gives a more accurate 
account of how schools and athletes are doing than the federal 
graduation rates the NCAA previously used, and which the U.S. 

Department of Education still subscribes to, according to the 
NCAA. The GSR counts transfers into and out of a college; the 
federal method does not. 

Among the 12 Division I Louisiana schools, eight of 10 
Northwestern teams had a GSR in the top half. The men's bas- 
ketball program and the softball team at NSU led the state with 
their graduation rates. The Lady Demon basketball team ranked 
second and baseball was third in the state. Women's cross coun- 
try/track and field ranked fourth, while men's cross coun- 
try/track and field, along with tennis, stood fifth, and football 
was sixth statewide. 

Among the dozen Southland Conference member institu- 
tions, Northwestern had eight of its 10 sports ranked in the 
upper third, fourth or higher. The Demon basketball team also 
led all conference members, with women's basketball and base- 
ball ranking second, while softball, women's soccer and men's 
cross country /track and field ranked third, and football and 
women's cross country stood fourth. Women's tennis was fifth. 

"Graduating student-athletes is the ultimate goal at North- 
western State University and it is wonderful that the most recent 
NCAA Graduation Success Rate report shows we are doing that 
well," said director of athletics Greg Burke. "Credit goes to 
Academic Advisor Julie Lessiter. the NSU coaching staff, and 
our outstanding faculty and the administration for making aca- 
demic success a priority at NSU. The university's academic sup- 
port system, provides our student-athletes with an excellent 
opportunity to earn a degree." 

Continued from page 9 

Gallien Athletic Scholarship 

"Northwestern State University has long played an 
important role in my life and in the lives of many members of 
the Gallien and Miller families. As an alum (NSU '81), I take 
great pride in the fact that I was a fourth generation graduate, 
beginning with my great-grandmother attending Normal in 
the 1890s," said Mike Gallien. "My dad, Sam, also took great 
pride in the fact that he received both his B.S. (1958) and M.S. 
(1962) from the then Northwestern State College. Both Sam 
and (his brother) David cherished their days at Northwestern 
and appreciated the opportunities that an education at a 
regional state university afforded them. I, too, appreciate the 
education that I received at NSU and I have been blessed 
beyond measure, due in part to that education." 

Throughout their lives, Sam and David strongly support- 
ed Northwestern. Sam, who suffered an untimely death (can- 
cer) at age 37 in 1970, instilled a love for the university to all 
who knew him. David, a 1963 graduate of NSC, was a life- 
long resident of Natchitoches, and a member of the NSU Ath- 
letic Association. 

Sam and David were the uncles of Tommy Chester, 
longtime member of both the NSU Alumni and Athletic Asso- 
ciation boards. 

Don Purser never missed a chance to brag about 
his alma mater, Northwestern State, and he 
regaled friends, family and anyone who would listen 
with tales illustrating his love for NSU and, as a former 
football player, his pride in the Demons and Lady 

After Mr. Purser's passing, it could not have been 
more appropriate for Mrs. Purser and the family to 
establish The Don Purser Memorial Scholarship sup- 
porting student-athetes, and for an already annual 
summer event in his hometown of Winnfield to be 
renamed "The Don Purser Memorial Golf Tourna- 

The Purser Scholarship will benefit a fifth-year or 
summer school scholarship for a Demon football play- 
er. Four-year starter Jason O'Brien of Abbeville was the 
initial recipient last year. 

Alumni Columns Winter 2007 / 10 

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NSU Demon Data 

... news and notes from athletics 

Reunion dates are set for NSU Demon and Lady Demon basketball. 
Former players, coaches, staff members, managers and trainers, along with 
family and friends, are invited to take part in the annual reunions. 

Coach Jennifer Graf and the Lady Demons will host their reunion on 
Saturday, Feb. 9, in conjunction with the 2 o'clock Southland Conference 
game in Prather Coliseum against Central Arkansas. 

Coach Mike McConathy and the Demons are staging their reunion on 
Saturday, March 1 , when NSU plays host to Southeastern in a 2 p.m. SLC 
battle at Prather Coliseum. 

Reunion participants have enjoyed meals, game tickets, halftime 
recognitions and meeting the current players and coaches. 

For additional information, call the NSU basketball offices at 3 1 8-357- 
5891 (women) or 318-357-4274 (men), and check the website. 

SLC Basketball Tournament set for metro Houston 

There's a new venue but the same general location for this season's 
Southland Conference Basketball Tournament. The event, March 12-16, 
will be played in the beautiful Merrell Center in Katy, Texas, on the west 
side of Houston. 

NSU athletics has a block of 200 tickets for seats with fans of the 
Demons and Lady Demons. Those seats are available exclusively through 
the NSU athletic ticket office (318-357-4268), and any tickets not sold to 
supporters must be charged to the NSU athletic department. 

The Demons have played in three straight SLC Tournament champi- 
onship games. The Lady Demons have played in nine. Both teams are pro- 
jected to have strong seasons. 

Daw's takes over Demons' dugout 

The new head baseball coach at Northwestern isn't new to the Demons 
at all. After serving as pitching coach at NSU for the last seven seasons, 
three in which the Demons won Southland Conference championships, Jon 
Paul Davis was promoted in July to take charge. 

Davis succeeds Mitch Gaspard, head coach for the past six seasons, 
who resigned in June to become the No. 1 assistant to former NSU head 
coach Jim Wells at the University of Alabama. 

Since Wells arrived and revitalized Northwestern 's program, the 
Demons have won nine of the last 17 SLC championships with 654 wins, 
a .602 winning percentage, and six 40-win seasons since 1990, best by any 
conference team. 

Davis, 36, was hired by John Cohen prior to the 2001 season in which 
Northwestern won the SLC title with a 38-17 mark. Gaspard retained him 
after Cohen's departure following the 2001 season, and the Demons imme- 
diately won another SLC title. The third Southland crown won in his tenure 
came in 2005, when NSU set a league marks with 22 wins and an .815 win- 
ning percentage in league play (22-5) and a record six-game margin in the 
league standings. 

Known as "J.P.," Davis received ringing endorsements from Gaspard, 
former and current players and emerged from a four-week national search 
as the choice to lead the NSU program. 

One of his craftiest pitchers, left-hander Zach Sanches (2001-03), was 
the winning pitcher over third-ranked LSU as a sophomore. 

" Coach D' was one of the main reasons I was successful at NSU. I had 
a terrible fall my first year but he stuck with me and turned my career 
around." said Sanchez, now district sales manager for Association Member 
Benefits Advisors. "He is tenacious, he's a winner, and he gets the most out 
of you." 

Second Century drive aims to 
enhance outdoor athletic facilities 

Northwestern State athletics has 
unveiled plans for a new facility 
enhancement project to dramatically 
improve the appearance of all outdoor 

The project, once completed in 
early 2008, will not only increase stu- 
dent-athletes' and coaches' pride in their 
facilities and improve the fan experi- 
ence, but also serve as an excellent 
recruiting tool and improve the perception of the NSU ath- 
letic department locally, regionally, and even nationally. 

The Second Century Circle Athletic Stadium 
Enhancement Project (SCCASEP) will feature the instal- 
lation of beautiful decorative iron fencing replacing all 
chain-link fencing surrounding Brown-Stroud Field (base- 
ball), The Demon Diamond (softball), The Walter Ledet 
Track and Field Complex (Track and Field), and Turpin 
Stadium (football). The improvements will also feature 
elegant seven-foot brick columns, modeled after those 
featured at the entrances to Northwestern, and 10-foot 
columns that will mark the entrances at the baseball, 
track, and softball complexes. 

The final product will result in a metaphorical linking 
between all of the Demon Athletics outdoor facilities, and 
also pay homage to local architectural history and culture 
while drawing influences from across campus, seamless- 
ly blending with the beautiful brick pillars that surround 
the campus. 

The corresponding campaign, entitled the Second 
Century Circle, will serve as the funding vehicle that will 
ensure that the Northwestern Athletic Association can 
completely fund the project and ensure its timely comple- 
tion. The name of the project speaks to Demon Athletics 
entering its second century of competition, with 2007 
marking the 100th year of intercollegiate athletics at NSU. 
With a total cost of $725,000 to complete the project and 
$400,000 secured from multiple sources, the Athletic 
Association needs to raise a total of $325,000 to com- 
plete the project. The Second Century Circle includes 
three levels of support, corresponding to the amount 
donated toward completion of the project. 

"One surely can appreciate the impact that this proj- 
ect will have on these facilities, the teams that play there, 
the athletic department, and the university," said Director 
of Athletics Greg Burke. "Recruiting will receive a major 
boost because 18-year olds definitely consider the quali- 
ty of facilities in their signing-day decisions. On a daily 
basis, everyone associated with the athletic department 
will feel good about the appearance of these facilities." 

continued on page 12 


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Foundation News 

Foundation News 

♦ A scholarship has been established at Northwestern State 
University in memory of Cheryl Perot Donaho (1974. 2003) to 
benefit a student seeking a degree in education or business. 

First preference will given to a female graduate of St. 
Mary's School in Natchitoches with a high level of extracurric- 
ular activity. Second preference will be given to a female stu- 
dent seeking alternative certification. Donaho. a native of 
Natchitoches, attended St. Mary's where she played softball and 
was involved in other extracurricular activities. After earning 
undergraduate and master's degrees, she was a teacher and 
coach at St. Mary's for several years before joining the faculty 
at Northwestern, where she taught for four years, while remain- 
ing actively involved with the St. Mary's Lady Tigers softball 

Donaho passed away July 7, 2007. 

♦t» The family of Northwestern State University alumni 
William A. Daniel Jr. and Edna Ruth Hearron Daniel have 
established a memorial scholarship fund through the NSU 

Mr. Daniel graduated from Sibley High School and attend- 
ed Louisiana State Normal College, now NSU, on the WBA 
program. He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942, served 
during World War II and retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1963. 
He was the primary founder and principal officer of the Daniel 
Agency in Morgan City from 1971-1992. He passed away July 

Mrs. Daniel was a graduate of Minden High School and 
completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in music educa- 
tion at Northwestern. She was a professional music educator 
and founder of the first band and music program at Patterson 
High School, 1963-1970, and was a principal officer of the 
Daniel Agency from 1971-1992. She died in 1998. 

♦ A Monroe couple has created a scholarship to benefit a 
freshman from Montgomery High School attending Northwest- 
ern State University. The Bob and Norma Williamson Scholar- 
ship will be presented to an entering freshman student in the 
amount of $500 per semester. William and Kathy Williamson 
created the scholarship to honor his parents. 

"They were good, heard working folks who believed in me 
and my getting an education and supported me all the way," Mr. 
Williamson said. "I wanted to do something in their honor." 

Williamson graduated from Montgomery High School in 
1957 and earned a degree in accounting at Northwestern in 
1961 . He later earned an MBA from Pepperdine University and 
is currently the president and CEO of Willstaff Worldwide. The 
ideal student to receive the scholarship would be a self-motivat- 
ed individual with a desire to succeed, he said, preferably with 
an interest in business or accounting. 

Matching Funds 

Northwestern State University received $120,000 in 
matching funds from the Louisiana Board of Regents 
Support Fund to complete three endowed professor- 
ships, the Robert Huie Endowed Professorship in 
Nursing, the Bryant & Heloise Lewis Endowed Profes- 
sorship in Business and Dr. Francisco A. Silva 
Endowed Professorship in Psychology. Shown at the 
check presentation are, from left, Louisiana Commis- 
sioner of Higher Education Joseph Savoie, North- 
western President Dr. Randall J. Webb, Board of 
Regents member Scott Brame of Alexandria and 
Jimmy Long of Natchitoches, chairman of the Board 
of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System. 

The Pi Chapter of lota Lambda Sigma, a student engineer- 
ing technology fraternity, created a scholarship to benefit 
an engineering technology student at Northwestern State 
University through a donation to the NSU Foundation. From 
left are fraternity charter member Lloyd Ponder (1949), 
long-time engineering professor and fraternity sponsor Dr. 
Raymond Christensen, Dr. Tom Hall, head of the Depart- 
ment of Engineering Technology, and Kevin McCotter . 

Second Century continued from page 11 

Fans who attend games at these facilities will take 
a great sense of pride in the new look. Perhaps 
most importantly, the enhanced look of these 
facilities will make a positive impression on visi- 
tors who simply are taking a tour of the campus. 
These enhancements will further illustrate 'this is 
a first-class institution.' " 

Second Century Circle Visionaries (contribu- 
tors of $25,000 or more to the project), Second 
Century Circle Pioneers (contributors of $10,000- 
$24,999 to the project), and Second Century Cir- 
cle Pillars (contributors of $5,000-$9,999 to the 
project) will receive naming rights to a pillar of 
their choice, recognition on an engraved plaque 
at every outdoor facility, recognition in all media 

guides, game programs, and on the website for one year, and be 
the guests of honor at a project completion cele- 
bration and banquet to be held in Spring 2008. 

For more information, contact Dr. William 
Broussard, executive director of the NSU Athletic 
Association, at 318 3574295, or Burke, at 318 

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Almuni Updates 


Jeff T. Hennessy is a 
retired professor (P.E.), 
married and lives in 


James Kenneth 
Howard is a retired 
teacher, married and 
lives in Shreveport. 

Jack T. Gaston is a 
physical therapy tech 
at Texas Scottish Rite 
Hospital for Children, 
married and lives in 
Flower Mound, Texas. 

Marjorie White Tucker 
is employed by Rudy 
Tucker, Inc. as a real 
estate broker and lives 
in Prairieville. 


John M. Hicks is 
retired, married to Dar- 
lene Harms Hicks ('58) 
and lives in New 
Braunfels, Texas. 


Larry Gates is a retired 
associate professor 
and lives in Conway, 

John David Moody is 
the manager of Desoto 
Builders, IMG and 
Finder Management, 
married and lives in 

Lambert Wayne Beaty 
is retired, married and 
lives in Kilgore. Texas. 


(Mike) Michael E. Mur- 
phy is a certified finan- 
cial planner for Ray- 
mond James Financial 
Services, married to 
Sylvia George Murphy 
('60) and lives in Kenner. 

Loyd J. Huval is a 
retired assistant pro- 
fessor, married and 
lives in Springfield. 

Joe D. Cornett is a 
retired professor, mar- 
ried to Elayne Sutherlin 
Cornett ('60) and lives 
in Rogers, Ark. 


Paul M. Prince retired 
from Carthage ISD is 
married and lives in 
Timpson, Texas. 

Charles M. Partin is a 
retired Col. USA, mar- 
ried and lives in 
Bossier City. 


Lora Golden Peacock 
is retired and lives in 
Birmingham, Ala. 

Marie Blanchard Gaha- 
gan is a retired teacher 
and lives in Natchi- 


Joye Faye Vallery 
Synco is a retired 
teacher and lives in 

Dr. Neil Smith is a 
neurologist and lives in 
Baton Rouge. 


Walter Wilson George 
is retired, married and 
lives in Bossier City. 


Earl G. Yeomans is 
retired and lives in 

Gary Johnson is 
employed by Raytheon 
as an engineering 
manager and lives in 
Solvang, Calif. 

Marcia Dawson 
Medellin is a retired 
teacher, married and 
lives in Shreveport. 

Carol Daniel is a tech 
communications man- 
ager at ESPRE Solu- 
tions and lives in 
Piano, Texas. 

Sei Ito is retired and 
lives in Pensacola, Fla. 


David L. Bedard is a 
retired professor, mar- 
ried to Carol Grant 
Bedard (72) and lives 
in Benton. 

Catherine Wall Bass is 
an adjunct nutrition 
instructor for NSU 
(Internet Classes) and 
lives in Denton, Texas. 


Dr. Wayne Horn is 
head of submarine 
medicine and survival 
systems and lives in 
Norwich, Conn. 

Johnny E. Manning is 
a purchasing agent for 
Boise Cascade and 
lives in Natchitoches. 

Cindy Thomas Chester 
is a retired teacher and 
lives in Natchitoches. 


Cyndee Osborne 
Ranes is employed by 
the United States 
Small Business Admin- 
istration as a supervi- 
sory loan officer and 
lives in Arlington, 


Glenda (Susie) Haynes 
Lenard is a math 
teacher at Ryan High 
School and lives in 
Denton, Texas. 

Paul E. Tickenoff is a 
financial and health 
services planner for 
Tickenoff & Associates, 
married and lives in 
Fountain Valley, Calif. 

Alumni Profile 

Dr. Rodney Feazell (2002) is 

pursuing a career in the sciences 
that could lead to the development 
utilization of hydrogen as an alter- 
native energy sources. Feazell, an 
inorganic chemist, is a professor of 
chemistry at California State Uni- 
versity in Sacramento where he 

teaches general and advanced inorganic lecture and laboratory 
classes. His research interests involves creating small mole- 
cule models of enzymes that produce hydrogen, a project that 
could help take away the industrial costs of producing hydro- 
gen and make it a competitivee alternative with the production 

of to fossil fuels. 

"It's getting us away from petroleum." he explained. 

"The applications of nonpetroleum-based hydrogen are enor- 

Feazell has been working in this area 5-6 years and is cur- 
rently getting a research program off the ground at CSU. The 
project is not his only experience in alternative energy 
research. As a graduate student at Baylor University, Feazell 
studied catalysis chemistry and photochemistry in which he 
explored how light can be harvested and turned into electrici- 
ty and developed compounds that make this process more effi- 

A graduate of Montgomery High School. Feazell enrolled 
at NSU as a biology major intending to pursue a career in med- 

"In my junior year. I took a chemistry class and realized I 
was going in the wrong direction," he said. "I changed my 
major and was running from there." 

The applied research aspect of chemistry appealed to 
Feazell, whose high school did not offer chemistry classes. His 
professor and mentor at NSU, Dr. Martin Rudd, involved 
Feazell in the NSU-NASA JOVE (Joint Venture) program in 
which students receive a scholarship and work closely with 
scientists to develop research and analyze data. 

"JOVE was great." be said. "It allowed me to be in the 
lab instead of having to work elsewhere." 

After graduating from NSU, Feazell earned a Ph.D. in 
inorganic chemistry at Baylor, where he learned to operate the 
x-ray diffraction instrumentation for the department. This spe- 
cialized skill, combined with a background in metal chemistry, 
filled a niche needed on a research team at the Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology, where he completed post-doctorate 
work. At MIT. he oversaw the operation of the Department of 
Chemistry Lippard Labs x-ray diffraction and DNA synthesis 
facilities for scientists conducting cancer drug research. 

Exploring alternative energy sources and green chemistry 
applications have been a conscious part of Feazell's research. 
His wife. Dr. Monica Feazell. also a scientist, works for an 
environmental company in Sacramento. The couple has an 
infant daughter. Sophia. 


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Almuni Updates 

Alumni Profile 

Jim Bridges (1985) is vice 

president and chief operations 
officer of EDS, for the Asia Pacif- 
ic region. In this role, Bridges has 
operations responsibility for EDS 
activities in Greater China, Japan. 
Southeast Asia, Australia, New 
Zealand and India. Additionally, 
Bridges is CEO and chairman of 
DIS-EDS Limited, an EDS joint 
venture with Daewoo Informa- 
tional Systems in South Korea. 
He is also a member of the board 
of directors for EDS Thailand. 
EDS provides a broad portfolio of 
business and technology solutions 
to help its clients worldwide 
improve their business perform- 
ance. The company's core portfo- 
lio comprises information-tech- 
nology, applications, business 
process services and information- 
technology transformation servic- 

According to Bridges, the 

1980s was a pivotal and exciting 
time to join the emerging field of 
information systems. 

"The Macintosh computer 
was just being launched, personal 
computers were just coming out, 
Windows was just being devel- 
oped, the internet was making its 
first appearance in the public sec- 
tor, cell phones were coming out, 
IT was moving from a back office 
function to an essential part of 
doing business," Bridges 
explained. "I don't think anyone 
could have conceived how the 

advance of personal computing, 
embedded technology, the internet 
and wireless communications 
would converge to have the 
impact on business and our per- 
sonal lives the way they have." 

A native of Natchitoches, 
Bridges worked his way through 
college, but took advantage of the 
university from a support- 
er/spectator perspective. 

"Going to NSU allowed me 
to hear visiting speakers, see the- 
atre performances, go to the sym- 
phony, attend Demon athletic 
events and enjoy the NSU march- 
ing band," he said. 

After graduating from NSU, 
Bridges joined EDS's Systems 
Engineering Development pro- 

"It was an intensive course of 
study focused on training us to use 
technology to solve business 
problems," he said. "My area of 
specialization was manufacturing. 
I had the opportunity to work in 
many of General Motors' plants 
and be a part of a team that built 
the Fort Wayne assembly plant 
from the ground up. 

From there, Bridges moved 
from the technical jobs into a 

management career path and was 
given the opportunity to be the 
account executive for Latin Amer- 
ica Customer Experience, based in 
Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he lived 
for five years. Following that, he 
lived for four year in Germany 
where he was the EDS client 
delivery executive for European 
Aftersales, followed by a three- 
year position in Detroit, Mich., as 
director of global sales service and 
marketing. Next, he moved to 
Shanghai, China, where he was 
the account executive for all of 
EDS's General Motors business in 
Asia Pacific. He is now in his sec- 
ond year in China in his current 
position as VP and COO for Asia 
Pacific operations. 

Bridges' wife Judy works in 
the field of special education. 
They have three children, Ben- 
jamin and Alexis, who attend col- 
lege in the U.S., and Audrey, who 
is a high school senior in Shang- 
hai. Bridges is also a veteran of 
the U.S. Air Force. 

During the 2007 Homecom- 
ing celebration at NSU, Bridges 
was inducted into the College of 
Business Hall of Distinction. 

Faye Lenette Thorns- 
berry Sheffield is 
retired, married and 
lives in Shreveport. 


Pamela Villemarette 
Mims is employed by 
Caddo Parish School 
Board as a teacher 
and lives in Shreveport. 

Dr. Karon Crow Rilling 
is an executive princi- 
pal for Austin ISD and 

lives in Austin, Texas. 


Julie Talley Grooms is 
employed by the state 
of Louisiana as a com- 
puter tech and lives in 
Lake Charles. 


Karen Yeoman is 
employed by the Mis- 
souri Department of 
Transportation as an 

area engineer and 
lives in Manchester, 

Phyllis Mahfouz Matte 
is a lead accountant 
for Louisiana Workers 
Compensation Corp 
(LWCC) and lives in 
Baton Rouge. 

Mike Tolar is employed 
at Louisiana Tech as 
an administrative appli- 
cations programming 

manager, married and 
lives in Minden. 


Valerie J. Andrews is 
an assistant professor 
at Loyola University 
and lives in Metairie. 


Ruth Dennis Farmer is 
employed by LifeWay 
Christian Stores as a 
manager and lives in 

Temple, Texas. 

Barbara McShane 
Stainback is the princi- 
pal at Vernon Parish 
Optional School, mar- 
ried to 

Mike Stainback (79) 
and lives in Leesville. 

Martha G. Rivers Hen- 
derson is retired and 
lives in Zwolle. 


Allen H. Rasbury is a 
senior claims adjuster 
for Deep South and 
lives in Haughton. 

Cynthia Braxton Briggs 
is the officer manager 
at Legal Services of 
North Louisiana and 
lives in Clarence. 


Lisa Kaye Wright Yerby 
is employed by the 
Winn Parish District 
Attorney as a child 
support specialist, mar- 
ried and lives in Winn- 

Malvina Moreno 
Sanchez is the admin- 
istrative superintendent 
at Petroterminal De 
Panama, S.A. and 
lives in Panama City. 


Dennis Tyler is a pho- 
tography manager/esti- 
mator for Haggin Mar- 
keting, Inc. and lives in 
San Francisco, Calif. 

Ron Thomas is the 
minister of education at 
Swartz First Baptist 
Church and lives in 


Nancy Schmitz 
Edwards is an elemen- 
tary teacher at Living 
Word Christian Acade- 
my, married and lives 
in Mansfield. 

Dorothea Levenhagen 
is a registered nurse at 
USPHS and lives in 
Stem, N.C. 

Lynne Martin Roberts 
is a teacher and soft- 
ball coach at Ruston 
High School, married 
and lives in Ruston. 


Judi Abrusley is 
employed at Abrusley 
Law Office as an attor- 
ney and lives in Oakdale. 

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Le Ann Gray Skinner is 
an assistant principal 
for Caddo Parish 
School System and 
lives in Stonewall. 

Ron Cook is employed 
at American Airlines as 
a chief inspector and 
lives in Flower Mound, 


Kenneth Scott Ford is 
employed by Jefferson 
Parish Public School 
System as a business 
teacher and lives in 
Cabot, Ark. 


Wanda Huhner Ford is 
employed by Pulaski 
County Special School 
District as an English 
teacher and lives in 
Cabot, Ark. 


Francis Oyelowo is an 
auditor for the State of 
Texas, HHSC and lives 
in Leander, Texas. 

Rev. Gordon Wayne 
Bridges is the minister 
of music at First Bap- 
tist Church Ruston and 
lives in Choudrant. 

Lisa Richardson Gantt 
is employed by Dr. 
Mahmoud S. Khalil as 
a receptionist and lives 
in Bastrop. 


Dr. Mark A. Colomb is 
the president/CEO of 
My Brother's Keeper, 
Inc. and lives in Jack- 
son, Miss. 


Jacquelyn Williams 
Russell is an adjudica- 
tions officer for 
ried and lives in Grand 
Prairie, Texas. 


Scott P. Buetow is a 

logistics coordinator for 
Offshore Warriors and 
lives in Monroe. 

Angela D. Ortega is an 
assistant basketball 
coach at UNC Char- 
lotte and lives in Har- 
risburg, N.C. 


Heidi Sanford Operste- 
ny is employed by 
Bryan ISD as a first 
grade teacher and 
lives in Bryan, Texas. 

Eric Urena is the 
owner of Talon Sys- 
tems and lives in 
Grapevine, Texas. 


John D. Ray is an 
assistant attorney gen- 
eral for the Louisiana 
Department of Justice 
and lives in Baton 

Casey M. Reed is the 
owner/broker of Centu- 
ry 21 Spigener, mar- 
ried and lives in 


Laurie Coco Moreau is 
an accountant for 
Pathology Group of 
LA, married and lives 
in Port Allen. 

Karyn Lankford Barrett 
is a rehab district 
supervisor at Louisiana 
Rehabilitation Services 
and lives in Oakdale. 

Jennifer Zimmerle is 
employed by National 
Rentals/National Rent- 
A-Fence in preferred 
Accounts and lives in 

Shannon Brummett 
Donaldson is the 
owner of Castlerock 
Mortgage Group and 
lives in Bossier City. 


Denise Pierce is a 
technical writer at 

Pape-Dawson Engi- 
neers and lives in San 

Donald W. Horton is a 
senior manufacturing 
engineer at Alliance 
Compressors and lives 
in Provencal. 


DaShun Howard Baker 
is the advertising serv- 
ices manager for The 
Town Talk and lives in 

Kelle Hinson Lyles is a 
group benefits special- 
ist I in the Office of 
Group Benefits, mar- 
ried and lives in 

Melanie Sue Vaughn 
Coile is an assistant 
teacher at Humpty 
Dumpty Headstart, 
married and lives in 
Cotton Valley. 


Dr. Gayle Ann Alexan- 
dar Juneau is the 
executive director of 
academic advising at 
the University of 
Nevada and lives in 
Henderson, Nev. 

Heather H. Honore' is 
a graduate research 
assistant at Texas A&M 
University and lives in 
Bryan, Texas. 

Joseph Parrie is a 
webmaster at NSU and 
lives in Natchitoches. 


Theresa Peterson is a 
youth services coun- 
selor for the state of 
Mississippi and lives in 
Gulfport, Miss. 


Angie Long Sexton is 
the owner of Environ- 
ments Landscape 
Group, married and 
lives in Atlanta, Ga. 

LaTarchau Harris is a 
middle school math 

teacher and teaches 
developmental math at 
Bossier Parish Com- 
munity College. She 
lives in Shreveport. 

Melissa "Missy" Harris 
Stagg is a contract 
accounts receivable 
accounting tech at 
CLECO, married and 
lives in Pineville. 

Jennifer Watts is 
employed by Motorola 
in motorola acces- 
sories and lives in 
Grayslake, III. 

Paula Brown is teach- 
ing on a Naval Air 
Base in Sicily, Italy. 

Deborah K. Moody is 
the general manager at 
Finance America Busi- 
ness Group and lives 
in Natchitoches. 


Daniel Paul Jackson is 
a PhD student at 
Auburn University, 
married and lives in 
Auburn, Ala. 

Bujar T Namani is a 
medic in the United 
States Air Force and 
stationed at Lackland, 

Kelly Watkins is a 
musician in the United 
State Coast Guard 
Band and lives in Nor- 
wich, Conn. 

Bryan Hunsaker is a 
medical service corps 
officer in the United 
States Army and lives 
in Harker Heights, 

Paul R. Rome is 
employed at Amsouth 
Bank, married and 
lives in Knoxville, Tenn. 

Clarence Frank is the 
director of orchestras 
at David Crockett Mid- 
dle School and lives in 
Seabrook, Texas. 





1938 Dewitt Talmadge Tarlton, Jr., 

Feb. 23, 2006 
1946 Richard A. Guillory, Apr. 1, 2007 
1951 Dr. Wilhelmena Wise, Natchitoches, 

Aug. 21, 2007 
1958 Betty Lawrence Perkins, Shreveport, 

Sept. 9, 2007 

1960 Linda Chaney Murphey, 
June 9, 2007 

1961 Carroll P. Bennett, Aug. 3, 2007 
1970 Cheri L. Hyde Massey, Shreveport, 

Oct. 14, 2007 
1974 JoAnn Gay, Apr. 2, 2007 
1991 Nancy Delahoussaye 
1994 Susan Renee Velez Rougeou, 

Deer Park, Texas, Aug. 24, 2007 
2000 Lt. Cameron N. Hall, Natchitoches 

Aug. 15, 2007 
2005 Dustin Thomas Dodson 
2005 Malcolm Henry Villarrubia III, 

Mar. 19, 2007 
Betty Perkins, Sept. 9, 2007 


Robert L. Browning is 
a percussionist in the 
United States Air Force 
Band, married and 
lives in San Antonio. 

Patricia Pratt Franks is 
a legal secretary at 
Dunahoe Law Firm, 
married and lives in 

Ramsen Sayad is a 
senior associate at 
Frost, Ruttenberg & 
Rothblatt and lives in 
Buffalo Grove, III. 

Kyle Brent Thomas is 
employed by the Unit- 
ed States Navy as an 
information technology 
and investment budget 
director and lives in 
New Orleans. 

Jill Morgan is an event 
coordinator for Time 
Warner and lives in Irv- 
ing, Texas. 

Christopher Taylor is a 
human resource man- 
ager for Ingram Barge 
Company, married and 

lives in Livingston. 

Melissa McMillin is an 
account manager at 
Bankruptcy Manage- 
ment Solutions, Inc, 
and lives in Natchi- 

Crystal Robbins 
Roberts is a drug and 
alcohol therapist for 
Gulf Coast Mental 
Health and lives in 
Biloxi, Miss. 

Sarah Willis Carson is 
a teacher and lives in 

Brett Chiquet is a grad- 
uate student at 
UTHSC-Houston and 
lives in Houston, 

Chad Christian Pyle is 
employed by Capital 
One Bank as a sys- 
tems engineer, married 
and lives in Baton 

Kelly Rine Ramos is 
employed by Crest 


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Almuni News 

Looking bacK 

Through the efforts and contributions of alumni and N Club members, a lasting 
memorial was placed atop Turpin Stadium in September 1981. 

The dedication of a 12-foot high N in memory of E.H. Gilson once again gave the 
campus a symbol to look up to. The first N was painted on the water tower built in 
1933 and was symbolic of the spirit of the Normal School. As one former student who 
hitchhiked to Natchitoches said, "When I could see the N I knew I was in walking dis- 

The trademark was removed in 1962 when the Physical Plant expanded. The new 
N, which was designed by Superneon of Shreveport, is 12 feet high, 10 feet wide, 
made of plexiglass, enamel and porcelain and was internally lit by fluorescent tubes. 
The one-ton monument was lifted to the top of the stadium by crane in time for the 
Sept. 12, 1981 football game against Angelo State. 

Guess Who? 

In 1969, the Northwestern Neptune 
Club was famous for its synchro- 
nized shows and diving group that 
annually performed a winter water 
show. Can you name these swimmers 
and divers? The first five readers to 
call the Alumni Center at (318) 357- 
4414 will win a prize. 

Congratulations to the follow 

ing individuals who correctly identi- 
fied Northwestern cheerleaders from 
1965. They were kneeling Pam Rush- 
ing and Ann Kovar. Standing were 
Judy Gowland, Tommy Watson and 
Lynn Griffin. 

Pat Luttrell- 1968 
Natchitoches, LA 

Judy Gowland Edwards- 1 968 
Baton Rouge, LA 

Operations as. an 
accountant and lives in 


John Birch is a gradu- 
ate assistant at James 
Madison University, 
married and lives in 

Winchester, Va. 

Lisa Lasyone Smith is 
the branch manager at 
WESTAFF and lives in 

Lennie Gremillion Bor- 
delon is a senior inter- 

nal auditor at Century- 
Tel and lives in West 


Amanda Owens is a 
graphic design assis- 
tant at BFA-Graphic 
Design and lives in 

Dallas, Texas. 

Tracye Thompson 
Browning is employed 
by Hannis T Bourgeois 
as an auditor and lives 
in Greenwell Springs. 

Joey Guillory is a res- 

piratory therapist at 
Southwest Medical 
Center and lives in 

Christopher Pearson is 
a print shop manager 
for Choice Brands, Inc. 
and lives in Monroe. 

Chris Bankovic is a 
programmer analyst for 
GuideStone Financial 
Resources and lives in 
McKinney, Texas. 

Janelle McCauley is an 
athletic trainer at St. 
Francis Cabrini Hospi- 
tal and lives in Dry 

Christy Rene' Groves 
is a gifted teacher at 
Glen Oaks Park Ele- 
mentary School, grad- 
uate student at LSI) 
pursuing a MA in gifted 
education and lives in 
Baton Rouge. 


Kathryn Priest Ric- 
cobono is a sales rep- 
resentative for Liberty 
Mutual, married and 
lives in Durham, N.C. 

Lisa Crandall is a web- 
master for Eagle Sys- 
tems and Services, Inc 
and lives in Fayet- 
teville, N.C. 

Angela Weatherford 
Corley is employed by 

LaSalle Parish School 
Board as a first grade 
teacher, married to 
Jake Corley ('03) and 
lives in Trout. 

LaToya Jones is a law 
student at Southern 
University Law Center 
and lives in Baton 

Tracy Leeper Bobbitt is 
a systems analyst for 
State Farm and lives in 
Bloomington, III. 

Regina Wyatt Hall is a 
database analyst for 
Amerisafe and lives in 


Aaron Nathaniel 
O'Quinn is employed 
by Alpine Banks of 
Colorado and lives in 
Aspen, Colo. 

Lisa McQueeney is a 
legal assistant at Vene- 
tian Casino Hotel & 
Resort and lives in Las 
Vegas, N.V 

Jessica Philbrook is a 
computer information 
systems instructor at 
Bossier Parish Com- 
munity College and 
lives in Minden. 

William Messick is an 
executive officer in the 
United State Army and 
lives in Belton, Texas. 

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Orleans Saints football game, opening a halftime show with Carl Orff s Carmina Burana, specially 
arranged for the Demon Band by Associate Director of Bands Kevin Richardson (1997). The show 
concluded with an arrangement of "When the Saints Go Marching In," with a fleur de lis formation, 
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